At Navy: Was voted co-captain by his teammates, one of the highest honors a varsity athlete can receive at the Naval Academy ... enters the fall as one of the starters at inside linebacker after starting nine games at outside linebacker last year ... had a terrific spring camp ... was a member of the lacrosse team as a freshman and sophomore, but decided to give up lacrosse this spring to concentrate on football ... could return to the lacrosse team next spring ... All-East candidate ... has earned one varsity letter.
2011: Saw action in all 12 contests, starting nine ... finished the season with 55 tackles (33-22), including 6.0 tackles for a loss of 15 yards ... the 6.0 TFL were the second most on the team ... also recorded 1.5 sacks, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery ... played a solid game against Army where he was in on a pair of tackles, including dropping QB Trent Steelman for a loss of three yards ... also recovered a Jared Hassin fumble at the Navy 45-yard line with 10:20 remaining in the second quarter which would eventually lead to a 10-yard TD run by teammate Alexander Teich ... part of a Navy defense that forced three Army turnovers and held the Black Knights to just 97 yards on the ground in the second half ...contributed seven tackles and was credited with half a tackle for a loss against San Jose State ... also broke up a pair of Spartan passes ... posted six tackles, including five solo stops in Navy's victory over SMU ... chipped in four tackles in the win over Troy ... contributed four tackles, including a tackle for a loss of two yards at Notre Dame ... turned in five tackles against East Carolina on Homecoming which featured half a sack for a loss of two yards ... produced three tackles in Navy's one-point loss at Rutgers ... turned in three tackles against Southern Miss ... made the start against Air Force where he led the Mids with six stops, including five solo tackles ... recorded a tackle for a loss of four yards ... made his first-career start in the Mids' 24-21 loss at 10th-ranked South Carolina ... recorded a career-high 13 tackles which featured a sack for a loss of three yards and was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week ... pitched in a pair of tackles and broke up his first-collegiate pass in Navy's win on the road against Western Kentucky.
2010: Played in three games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury against Louisiana Tech ... recorded three tackles, including a half a sack in what looked to be a breakout season ... contributed a tackle against La Tech before exiting the game ... part of a Navy defense that held Georgia Southern to just 109 yards of total offense ... it's the fewest yards allowed by a Navy defense since 1997 when Navy held Army to just 87 yards of total offense (84 rushiing and 3 passing) in a 39-7 victory ... held Georgia Southern to eight first downs, the fewest allowed by Navy since 2008 when the Mids held SMU to eight first downs in a 34-7 win ...was in on a pair of tackles in his first action at outside linebacker against Maryland ... also recorded half a sack against the Terps.
2009: Saw action in three games playing against Temple, Army and Missouri ... finished the year with two tackles, both against Army on special teams ... also a member of the lacrosse team who played in eight games as defensive midfielder.
High School / Personal: A 2008 graduate of Stanhope Elmore High School, French attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2008-09 academic year ... two-sport standout, he earned letters in football (3) and lacrosse (3) ... two-time all-county football selection (2007-08), who was also twice named the county's defensive player of the year ... named first-team all-metro as a junior and senior ... served as team captain of the football team as a prep, as well as the NAPS team ... played football at Stanhope Elmore HS and lacrosse at Hoover HS, the same high school that produced former Navy football players Jarod Bryant (`09) and Kwesi Mitchell (`12) ... Stanhope Elmore did not have a lacrosse program ... led Hoover to the 2008 Alabama State Lacrosse Championship, the program's first title, and was named the MVP of the game ... 2008 Lacrosse All-American ... named a Bamalax All-Star ... recipient of the Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Award, as well as the Joe Sewell Student-Athlete Award ... prior to moving to Alabama, lived in Illinois and played his freshman year of high school football at Althoff High School ... grandfather, James Boyd French, played basketball at VMI ... father, Jon, served in the Air Force and is now retired ...son of Jon French ... majoring in history.